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Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine

About the College

Diversity & Inclusion

A commitment to these cornerstones of institutional excellence

The Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine makes the advancement of diversity and inclusion a top priority. The College strives to create an environment in which students, faculty, staff, patients, and communities treat one another with mutual respect. It honors the needs and contributions of all persons. It brings hope and compassion to underserved communities through culturally responsive clinical care and research.

Resources that span all WSU locations

The College’s commitment to diversity and inclusion reaches across the state. During your first two years of medical education, resources on the Spokane Health Sciences Campus create an inclusive climate. During your clinical clerkships, you will continue to have access to an infrastructure that promotes diversity and works to protect equal rights for all students—regardless of your location.

Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine

Equity Committee

Resources at each distributed clinical campus
WSU North Puget Sound at Everett

Office of Student Services

WSU Spokane

Diversity Committee
Student Diversity Center

WSU Tri-Cities

Diversity and Inclusion Council

WSU Vancouver

Student Diversity Center

For students

Office of Multicultural Student Services
If you are a multicultural, first generation, or other underrepresented student, the Office of Multicultural Student Services offers resources to:

  • Help you transition and adjust to the College
  • Advance your learning and development
  • Support your achievement
  • Keep you on the path to graduation

J. Richard Franks Scholarship Fund
For Native American students in speech and hearing sciences

Student organizations

A sampling of student organizations that work to advance diversity and inclusion are listed below. For a complete list of registered student organizations and information about the activities of each, visit CougSync.

  • Diversity Club of Yakima
  • Health Equity Circle
  • Multicultural Club in Student Health Sciences
  • Student Diversity Center
  • Students United for LGBTQ Empowerment

For faculty and staff


Faculty members play an important role in ensuring that the University community values diversity and creates an inclusive environment for students. Training in cultural competency equips faculty to break down barriers, challenge stereotypes, and appreciate differences and commonalities with others.

Training is offered through the Office of Diversity Education.